The Dept. of Health have backtracked on proposed new demands on GPs and made a deal with the BMA
Concern re NHS data sold to private companies can identify individual patients, despite anonymity guarantees.
Johnson indicating he wants to shift power over the NHS from Simon Stevens to Sec of State for Health.
Hunt is now chair of the all Party commission on Health and Social Care
A recent Guardian article highlights increasing health inequalities
The lack of appropriate educational and other support for people with autism has been in the headlines recently and instances of harmful institutional care continue to be an issue.
Ian Pattison ‘s conviction for unnecessary breast surgery highlights dangers of privatisation and lack of scrutiny.
Dangers of removal of skin lesions by beauticians has been highlighted – missing carcinomas etc. John pointed out this procedure was one of the 17 the NHS restricted over a year ago.
People going to Poland for dental care. Likely to see increase in shopping around the world for health and even social care !!
It would be good to renew links with the SENSE group who demonstrated in Leeds over a year ago.
John is writing to the Guardian ( letter printed 14.2 – see attached)
All the more reason to get on with shining a light on privatisation.
Feedback from recent events
Stall 2nd Feb
Leeds Health Scrutiny Board
We had 2 musicians – Rob and John so it was very merry ! Not massive response but some good chats and contacts made.
J and G attended yesterday. The Board discussed
centralising all maternity services at LGI Currently docs trying to cover LGI and St. James and poorly babies have to be shifted from St James to LGI for intensive care, sometimes without their mother so centralisation makes sense in light of new children’s hospital block being built at LGI,. There is a consultation ongoing. It is possible some ante natal clinics will continue to run at St James.
Spinal surgery was the other key topic. Spinal surgery in West Yorks now done in Leeds or occasionally by Leeds surgeons operating in other towns. It is routine for patients to have to wait a year for surgery
NB interesting comment from the Chief Exec of LTHT that they don’t talk about cost improvements any more as ‘waste reduction, more likely to engage staff !!
Winter Crisis Protest 15.2
Press release sent and The Yorkshire Evening Post are publishing an article, probably on Friday. We have a big banner, plenty of placards and will probably do a new song ie new words to old tune ! Weather forecast not great but we’ll go ahead as word has gone far and wide.
J and G wil get the kit there including a PA. Please encourage people to attend. If very wet will just do an hour.
W Yorks & H’gate Scrutiny Cttee 18.2
W Yorks & H’gate Joint Scrutiny Board meets next Tuesday 10.30 venue tbc
Has Learning Disability, assessment and treatment Units on the agenda
J &G attend find out what is happening , ask questions
Spotlight on privatisation probably May ?
D, J and G haven’t met yet but will aim to do so before our next meeting
D has been drumming up offers to perform a social/ fundraiser
Gilda has asked Café Economique at Seven Arts if they would be interested in hosting or co- hosting a public mtg
HCT Regional demo 27th June – thinking ahead.
Demo in the summer lose to the NHS birthday gives us opportunities to go for more flair and festive. Maybe think re involving children – fancy dress or at least hats ?
M has offered to do the postcard which is brill!
Please bring ideas to next meeting.
13.2 Youth climate strike
Sat 29.2 11am
21.3 Anti – Racism March London
28th March . Poss. regional honk at Huddersfield RI
Sat 2nd May Leeds TUC May Day March
KONP SG 9.5
Banners Held High Wakefield May 16th
Assembles 11am this Friday 14th outside the Town hall. March 12.30
KONP stall in town. We thought we should aim to do a stall once a month at a minimum
We have offered to host KONP’s national Steering Group meeting on Sat 9th May.
Please support KONP stall in town near Accessorize on Commercial St
Waiting confirmation from Mike Forster chair, Hands Off HRI
Take KONP banner and flags
G to sort venue
Aim to join up with other NHS Campaign Groups
Next Meeting : Wed 26th Feb 6.30 – 8pm in The Victoria Hotel , Great George St.,
directly behind Leeds Town Hall